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Incentives Often Skew Justice in the American Courts, Study Finds

In a disturbing new report, two academics argue that incentives—from career gains to lab test payments—may be leading to high numbers of false convictions in American courts. They call for more study, but also for a systemic overhaul.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Death Row Inmate Denied DNA Test, Scheduled to Be Executed Tuesday

According to Dov Fox of the Georgetown University Law Center, there was never any physical evidence linking Willie Jerome Manning to the slayings. The FBI has also recently acknowledged that the forensics evidence used to convict him was flawed.

Posted on May 6, 2013 READ MORE


When Evidence Isn’t Enough

In the face of ever-increasing contradictory evidence, millions of Americans believe God created humans as they exist today and that Earth is just thousands of years old. Why?

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 READ MORE


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AP / Gerald Herbert

BP Accuses Halliburton of Destroying Gulf Spill Evidence

Halliburton just seems to pop up wherever trouble can be found, such as the Bush White House (through Dick Cheney’s chummy history with the company) and also in the ecopocalypse that was the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in April 2010.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE



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No Clemency for Troy Davis

Despite worldwide protests and letters from the likes of President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and 51 members of Congress, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles ruled Tuesday morning that Troy Davis should die by lethal injection Wednesday.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 READ MORE



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For Sale: Weapons-Grade Uranium

Are you in the market for some highly enriched uranium? If so, then look no further than the exquisite black markets of Georgia, where evidence in a secret trial has shed light on smuggled uranium that is allegedly for sale in the former Soviet satellite state.

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 READ MORE


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Top Court Orders New Hearing for Troy Davis

Death row inmate Troy Davis might get a chance to clear his name in the 1989 murder of a Savannah, Ga., police officer, now that the Supreme Court has ordered a federal judge to grant him a new hearing.

Posted on Aug 17, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / pool, Al Seib

Spector Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder

It’s been a long, drawn-out process involving a series of completely inscrutable hairstyle choices, but legendary music producer Phil Spector was convicted of second-degree murder on Monday for the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.

Posted on Apr 13, 2009 READ MORE


Anthrax Evidence Released

The government on Wednesday released some of the evidence collected against biological weapons researcher Bruce E. Ivins, who died of suicide July 29. Anonymous sources peppered media reports earlier in the week, saying that much of the case relied on circumstantial evidence. So far, those reports appear to have been correct.

Posted on Aug 6, 2008 READ MORE


Failing Rape Victims

The evidence collected from rape victims after they’ve been assaulted goes into something called a rape kit. It’s the product of a lengthy and uncomfortable examination process that, according to a recent report in the Los Angeles Times, far too often leads to nothing. Some 400,000 rape kits are sitting in storage, untested, right now.

Posted on Jun 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Top Court Sets Back the Foes of Bush’s Wiretaps

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal related to the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretap program on Tuesday, offering no explanation. The American Civil Liberties Union and others have had a hard time proving the plaintiffs were spied on because the evidence they need is considered a government secret.

Posted on Feb 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Judge Orders Hearing Over CIA Tape Scandal

U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy, who in June 2005 ordered the Bush administration to protect “all evidence and information regarding the torture, mistreatment and abuse of detainees” at Guantanamo Bay, has now ordered the administration to explain why it destroyed two videotapes of such treatment just five months later.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


DNA Could Exonerate ‘Satanic Murderers’

Fifteen years ago, the “West Memphis Three” were convicted of the torture and murder of three Cub Scouts in Arkansas. New DNA evidence has bolstered the argument, laid out in two HBO documentaries and an upcoming movie, that the three teenagers convicted—one of whom was sentenced to death—were victims themselves of a community more concerned with their taste in music than evidence.

Posted on Nov 4, 2007 READ MORE


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Haditha Investigation Reveals Possible Coverup

The Marines implicated in the killings of 24 Iraqis in Haditha may have attempted to conceal evidence, according to a secret report.  Based on an investigation of the incident, the report suggests that the Marines may have tampered with their unit logbook and withheld incriminating footage captured by an aerial drone.

Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


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Stewart Skewers Gonzales Over Sears Tower Plot

The “Daily Show” host wonders how seven evildoers could wage what the attorney general termed a “full ground war against the United States.”

Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


Rolling Stone Asks: Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. revisits the 2004 election and finds evidence of massive electoral fraud. Kennedy writes:  “After carefully examining the evidence, I’ve become convinced that the president’s party mounted a massive, coordinated campaign to subvert the will of the people in 2004.”

Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


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A Spy Speaks Out

The CIA’s former top covert official in Europe tells “60 Minutes” the White House turned a blind eye to evidence that Saddam Hussein did not have WMDs: “The idea of going after Iraq was U.S. policy. It was going to happen one way or the other.” Watch it.

Posted on Apr 23, 2006 READ MORE


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CIA Agent on ‘60 Minutes’: Bush Ignored WMD Evidence

The former highest-ranking CIA officer in Europe tells Ed Bradley that the White House ignored intelligence that said there were no WMDs or an active weapons program in Iraq. The interview airs on CBS Sunday, April 23.

Posted on Apr 21, 2006 READ MORE


George Will
From crooksandliars.com

Global Warming and Its Discontents

As George Will tries to refute the mountains of evidence pertaining to the threat of global warming, New Yorker reporter Elizabeth Kolbert discusses her new book on the subject.

Posted on Mar 28, 2006 READ MORE


Christian Afghan Freed, but Issue Remains

Afghan authorities are planning on releasing the man who faced the death penalty for converting to Christianity, but they will base the action on a technicality. So a showdown with the U.S. still looms.

Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


Claim: U.S.-Trained Iraqi Police Abetting Massacres

Time magazine says evidence is mounting that the Shiite-dominated police force has become a corps of shock troops bent on killing Sunnis.

Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


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From the New York Times

Did the N.Y. Times Misidentify Abu Ghraib Detainee?

Salon.com presents exclusive evidence that The New York Times incorrectly identified—in a Page 1 story!—the hooded detainee shown in one of the most iconic abuse photos from the notorious Iraqi prison. (Hat tip: Huff Po)

Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


Poll: Half of U.S. Rejects Evolution, Backs Bible

The Gallup report summarizes the findings: “[A] substantial portion of Americans…[are] not so quick to agree with the preponderance of scientific evidence.”
Support for the such beliefs declines steadily with education: Among those with high school diplomas, 58% are Bible backers; among those with postgraduate degrees, only 25%.

Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Knew More Than He Let On About Iraq

Bush never let the nation in on the fact that the Energy and State departments had given him reports that cast major doubts on Saddam’s WMD capacity and his willingness to attack the U.S. The National Journal has this major exclusive.
It has become undeniable that Bush & Co. never had any intention of allowing America to properly weigh all the evidence available on Saddam’s prewar capabilities and intentions. (Hat tip: Brad Blog)

Posted on Mar 2, 2006 READ MORE


When Politics Defeat Science

A former FDA official reminds us that the White House is still forcing science to conform to the dictates of Bush-style fundamentalist Christianity.

Posted on Mar 1, 2006 READ MORE


Former U.S. Spy Chief: White House Misused Intel

The former CIA official who coordinated America’s intelligence in the Middle East accused the Bush administration of misusing prewar intelligence to hype the Iraq threat. | story
This is a big deal: it’s the same unnerving story we heard firsthand from Richard Clarke when he left the White House.

Posted on Feb 11, 2006 READ MORE


Did Cheney OK Libby’s Leak of Secret Info?

Vice President Cheney’s indicted former top aide, Scooter Libby, has told a grand jury that his “superiors” granted him permission to give secret information to reporters to help bolster the White House’s case for war on Iraq. | story

Posted on Feb 10, 2006 READ MORE


Spying Program Yields Few Suspects

Investigators eavesdropping on Americans in overseas calls have dismissed nearly all of them as suspects, according to the Washington Post. This is huge, because “a search cannot be judged ‘reasonable’ if it is based on evidence that experience shows to be unreliable.”
Meanwhile, feisty Russ Feingold, a Democratic senator, takes the attorney general to the cleaners for lying to him a year ago about Bush’s surveillance activities. Gonzales shoots back, “I was telling the truth then. I’m telling the truth now.” | story

Posted on Feb 6, 2006 READ MORE


Dick Marty, a Swiss senator, at a meeting of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, Tuesday, Jan. 24.
Christian Lutz / AP

Swiss Investigator Says U.S. ‘Outsourced’ Torture

The charge comes from the head of a European probe into alleged secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe. | story

Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


Disgraced Congressman ‘Wore a Wire’

Ex-GOP Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham went undercover to implicate others before copping a plea. | more

Posted on Jan 6, 2006 READ MORE


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